Suction dredge miners recast themselves as aquatic health technicians

Photo: Rogue Riverkeeper

No this is not a Chumion but it certainly reads like one.

Oregon’s suction dredge miners, recently banned from gold mining in salmon-bearing streams, are taking a new tack.

They’ve formed a nonprofit, called StreamSavers, and are asking the Legislature to fund stream cleanup projects using their dredge equipment.

The miners say that, in addition to bringing up gold and other valuable minerals from stream bottoms, their dredge equipment uncovers old fishing lures, lead sho,  and trash, much of which is toxic.

“Our waterway cleaning process will actually assist nature in returning itself to what it was meant to be, a clean, pristine, refreshing water source without pollution,” the nonprofit organization’s web site reads. “StreamSavers are trained and experienced technicians with a deep concern for aquatic health that will last for generations to come.”

LINK (via: Statesman Journal)

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